Stratford Library Director Barbara Blosveren will retire in February. The Orange Resident has been at the Library for 33 years; the last nine as its director. Prior to that role she was Assistant Director, Senior Manager for Personnel and Youth Services and Young Adult Department Head. In making the announcement, Library Board President Judith Hampel said, “Barbara has made a significant contribution over the years to the library. Her creativity and leadership have clearly played a role in making the library the essential town asset it has become.”
Barbara Blosveren was responsible for creating the nationally recognized and award-winning Teen Services Department at the Stratford Library. She established the library’s monthly Youth Review Board in 1987, a program which continues to provide young people with the opportunity to share ideas, impressions and critical evaluations of the books they read. The Youth Review Board was cited by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the American Library Association for “Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults”, one of the nation’s outstanding programs. In addition, the Teen Services Department received the 2001 Excellence in Public Library Service Award given by the Connecticut State Library and the Connecticut Library Association.
Blosveren has served on American Library Association national committees including the 2001 Michael L. Printz Award which annually selects the outstanding young adult book in the nation and the 2006 Margaret Edwards Committee which nationally recognizes a young adult author for lifetime achievement. She served on the Young Adult Library Services Association Advocacy Task Force and the American Library Association Human Resources and Development Recruitment Advisory Committee. Blosveren was also an American Library Association trainer, providing professional development for public library staff interested in providing quality service to young adults on topics including collection development, programming and youth involvement. She has presented workshops on youth services at libraries and universities and at state, regional and national conferences. She has also written numerous articles which have appeared in state and national publications.
Blosveren was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Meritorious Contributions to Librarianship from the Southern Connecticut State University Department of Information and Library Science from which she received her Master’s Degree. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to a graduate of the program who has made outstanding contributions to the library/information science profession. Blosveren is a member of the Connecticut Library Association, American Library Association, Young Adult Library Services Association, Stratford Community Organizations Council, Stratford Rotary Club, The Square One Theatre Company Advisory Board, the Fairfield Library Administrators Group and the Stratford School Readiness and Child Care Advisory Council.
“It’s been an exciting time for the Stratford Library and I’m proud to have been its director”, Blosveren said. “I’m also very pleased with the advances we’ve made including the availability of current technology resources, an extensive collection of materials in a variety of formats, programming for all ages, a continual collaboration with town agencies and a comprehensive outreach to the entire community of Stratford.”
There will be a public reception in Blosveren’s honor on Wednesday, February 17 from 3:30-6:30 pm in the Stratford Library’s Main Lobby.